Wednesday, October 22, 2014

2-4-6-8 November 2014 Customer Appreciation Sale!

The following items are on sale for the month of November! I'll be placing an order at midnight November 1st so let me know by 8:00 p.m. October 31st if you'd like me to order anything for you. Or, you can order directly through my webstore:

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Fun with Splash and Feathers! (and, sanding too!)

 Ah - splash! So many possibilities with these wonderful color sprays. I love them!

This card has several techniques so let me start with the overall look and then break it down. First, you cut an oval from a piece of mermaid cardstock and then stamp feathers in versamark on the card and french roast insert piece. Why stamp in Versamark, you ask? When you stamp in versamark and then go over the stamped image with the sanding block, it brings out the image and it makes a wonderful background.

Here's a close-up. It's imperfect and fabulous! You aren't looking for perfection. You want that sanded, textured look. Isn't it great?!
Once you have the background done, take the script background and stamp it with versamark and then heat emboss it with satin pearl embossing powder. Then, use a piece of cardstock and mask off half a feather and "splash" it. Take a paper towel and remove the excess splash. Then, take your cardstock and mask off the first side and splash the other and repeat until all the feathers are done. This will give you the feather spine and it looks so cool. Once all three feathers are done, splash them all with Golddust Splash and then you'll have a lovely shimmer on your feathers. Tie a little vanilla twine around them and pop them up over your sanded feather background. :)

Here's a close-up of the feathers. Aren't they great?!
And, here's the inside - a strip of sanded Versamark feathers.
So, what do you think? Are you going to try sanding over versamark? It works best over a white-core cardstock like the A Muse cardstock.

If you need some feather stamps, check them out in the holiday stamps in my webstore:

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Watercolor Poppy with Gold Shimmer and Champagne Glitter!

 When you have this much glitter, it's hard to get a great picture. But, it's all good because this card has shimmeriness from the watercolor to the glitter. Such sparkly wonderousness! Yes, those are words....maybe...not so!

First the Stained Glass Poppy stamp set was watercolored with the Peerless watercolors and then some peerless gold shimmer was watercolored on top and then champagne glitter was added on the edges. fabulous!! Isn't it pretty on the papaya and onyx cardstocks! The top layer is the Bristol watercolor paper.

A little corner rounding and a round sentiment piece was added. I know the picture looks a little brash and bold but in real life - it's not too much. It's a beautiful sympathy card to send to someone.
The inside is simple as the front says it all.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Thanks - A Partial Word Die-Cut and Modified Z-Fold Card Tutorial

 What happens when you take one of the fabulous word dies from A Muse Studio and only cut part of it out? Awesomeness! That's what happens - awesomeness! :)
 Here it is from an angled view to the side - you get the modified z-fold effect this way. You take an 4-1/4" X 11" piece of sugar cardstock and score it at 2-3/4" and 5-1/2". Put it aside and work on the die cut part. You could do it directly on the cardstock fold but I decided to make it a little easier.

Take a piece of 4-1/4" X 3-1/4" piece of cardstock. I used hibiscus as it was a great match to the patterned paper I picked to use from the Fiesta paper pack.
Center the word die at the top center of your 4-1/4" side of the cardstock.
Turn the cardstock 180 degrees and line it up so the top of the die is on the cutting plate and the bottom of the die and the rest of the cardstock is hanging off the edge a little. Use a little washi tape to hold it in place.

Add the cutting plate on top and as you can see, a bit of the word die is hanging out of the edge. You don't want the bottom part of the word to get cut that's why you need part of it to be outside of your cutting plates. *note - make sure your die is straight before you cut it out. I took the photo and then realized that I was askew so fixed it before cutting. ah... the little things. :)
Once you cut it, you have this lovely result. Okay - you actually have all the little pieces that you need to trim off from the letters but after you do that - you have this lovely partially die-cut word. :)  Layer that piece on the fold and trim to a straight line. Then, layer a patterned piece on the bottom edge to finish off the card.

I cut out the full word on a piece of the patterned paper and used a quickie glue pen to attach it to the top of the partial cut layer. You wouldn't have to do that but I liked the look of it. :)

Oh - I also added a top layer of patterned paper that I cut with the medium scalloped border die. A tiny strip of hibiscus finished off the look.
This would be so fun to do with the Merry or Noel die and add a little Santa Mail stamp or Cozy Back stamp to it. Will have to do some more playing.

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial and hope you'll give the partial word die-cut technique a try!

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Simple Swirls Watercolor

Simple Swirls has pretty little flowers that are so cute! But, what's great is that they're even easier to color with the Peerless Watercolors! We carry the 40 color 2X2 pack. The colors are so vibrant and wonderful. And, so easy to use!

One note is that it's important to use watercolor paper as regular cardstock can warp and tear when water is added.
Here is how I use my peerless watercolors. I cut each of the 2X2 squares into quarters and then assembled one set of the quarters on a sheet of 9X12 Bristol paper (a watercolor paper that we also carry). I just used a glue dot to stick each color down in order from left to right, top to bottom. I did the left and then the right. When I was finished gluing down the pieces, I used the waterbrush (below) to put a swoosh of color under each square.

I also put a piece of acetate that stays between the colors when it is folded shut so if any of the colors are still wet, they won't blend into each other.

So...What's so great about these watercolors?
  • easy to use
  • easily portable (you're basically just carrying around a folded piece of cardstock and you have a myriad of colors at your disposal!!)
  • they last a long time (I've used these at four classes so far and have done some personal watercoloring and am still on my first quarter of the pack. this will vary, of course, based on your level of coloring but I find that a little dab of color will do ya. ;) )
  • they're fun! (they make me feel like an artist!)
  • very economical method of coloring
  • easy to make backgrounds and color images
  • and so much more!! 
I hope you'll give the watercolors a try as they're super fun!

I forgot to take a picture of the inside but I used a smaller matching flower on the inside and just shaded the outline with tombow markers that matched the watercolors used. I didn't watercolor inside as regular cardstock doesn't stand up well to watercoloring.

Simple Swirls Notecard
Stamps: Simple Swirls
Cardstock: Bristol Paper Pad, Onyx Shimmer, Bermuda
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark
Emboss: Onyx Embossing Powder, Heat Tool
Other: 3D Foam, Peerless watercolors, Tombow markers, water brush

Have a wonderfully creative day!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Halloween Gatefold Window Card - Sugar Skulls

Sugar Skulls and slate cardstock are the pairing for this Halloween card. Technically, sugar skulls or calaveras are part of the Mexican Dia De Los Muertos celebration or the Roman Catholic All Souls Day but in the stamping world, you can bend the rules a little so this sugar skull is doing double duty as a Halloween design.

It's a simple gatefold card but this one has a window. :) To make this, score the 8-1/2" X 5 1/2" cardstock at 2-1/8" and 6-3/8". This gives you the "gate". Then, open the gate and place any shape die that you like and put it inside the card with the blade face up and close the "gate". Run it through your die-cutting machine and when you open it, you'll have a wonderful window in your card.

The circle die will leave an impression on your card base so cover it up with a little Mysterious Manor paper and then close the gate to figure out your placement of your ocean circle. Color the skull with tombow markers and cut out. Add the popped up sugar skull to the inside circle. Stamp a Halloween sentiment and you're good to go. Oh - and aren't the Wicked Web spiders on the outside a nice creepy touch?

If you don't want your "gate" to flop open, you can tie some orange/onyx baker's cording around the top and bottom of the card.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Diagonal Tri-fold with Pretty Peonies 2

A pretty tri-fold birthday card to brighten someone's day! This is an A1 card which means when it's folded, it's 3-1/2" X 5".

How do you make it? You start with a 5" X 10-1/2" piece of vanilla (cream) cardstock. Score it at 3-1/2" and 7" to make the tri-fold. Then, you need to grab a ruler and a pencil. Place the ruler at a diagonal on your cardstock and draw a light pencil line from the top right corner to about two inches above the bottom left corner. See the picture below to get the idea of the diagonal.

The middle section of the card that you see when it's folded is actually the back of the card so you need to draw the same line on the back. So, to make it easier to do, snip about 1/4" on the pencil line from each end. Turn the cardstock over and use those snipped lines as your guide for your ruler. Then, lightly draw a pencil line in the middle section only of the back.

Stamp peonies over the pencil line on the front left and right sections and on the back middle section. Cut around the top of the peonies on the bottom left and top right sections of the front and then turn the card over and cut around the middle section on the back. Then, go to town and fill up the card with as many peonies as you want! :)
I used Berry ink for the largest peony, bubblegum ink for the middle sized peony and blush ink for the smallest peony. I love the pretty layers of overlapping peonies. The sentiment from You're My Fave is in onyx ink on the front and the sentiment from Birthdays Inside and Out is in Berry. I left the right panel empty for writing a note to go with the birthday card. 
Here's the back! It's as pretty as the front, don't you think? I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and I hope it made sense. If not, e-mail me with questions. :)

Have fun making Diagonal Tri-Fold Cards! I can't wait to play around with different stamp sets to make some more.

Have a wonderfully creative day!!